Theresa May: Give me a mandate as big as Emmanuel Macron's

Posted On: 
8th May 2017

Theresa May has claimed that Emmanuel Macron's thumping French presidential election victory shows why she must win a large majority on 8 June.

Theresa May at a campaign event in London today
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The Prime Minister said she needed "an equally strong mandate" to take into the Brexit negotiations.

Mr Macron took a whopping 66.1% of the vote compared with 33.9% for Front National candidate Marine La Pen.

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And she warned voters not to elect a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn, who she said would not be able to stand up to "the might of the European Commission" in the Brexit talks.

Mrs May's tough rhetoric was in stark contrast to last night, when she said she looked forward to working with Mr Macron in the future.

Mrs May spoke out at an event in an industrial estate in Harrow, north west London.

Surrounded by Tory election candidates, the Prime Minister said: "Yesterday, a new French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position in the negotiations.

"In the UK, we need to ensure we've got an equally strong mandate to take into those negotiations.

"Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand in those negotiations. The alternative is to risk making Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister.

"Try to picture him sitting at that negotiating table with the collective might of the European Commission and 27 other European countries against him. 

"A vote for any other party is a vote to be a step closer to Jeremy Corbyn sitting at that Brexit negotiating table - we must not let that happen."

Mrs May also confirmed that the Tory pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands will be in her party's manifesto for the third election in a row.

She said: "It is important that we continue, and we will continue to say, that we do want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels.

"We believe that is the tens of thousands."